Top 14 Most Affordable International Schools In KL & PJ

Top 14 Most Affordable International Schools In KL & PJ

When the Ministry of Education removed the restriction on international education for Malaysian students, more and more parents are considering sending their children to international schools. This is evident in the international schools mushrooming around the country.

There are many reasons why Malaysian parents are sending their children to these premium schools. It could be because they believe an international education, be it UK, American or Australian curriculum, is superior compared to the national syllabus. It could be make smoother transition for students who plan to further their education in universities overseas.

Another reason could also be due to the lower student and teacher ratio, paired with better facilities in the campus. Some argue that the cost of tuition classes that they will have to fork out when they send their children to national schools is not a small sum either.

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However, the fact remains: International education is not cheap. For the first tier international schools, the cost could easily double (or more) what one would pay for local private college education. In fact, the ExpatFinder International School Fee Survey 2016 ranked Malaysia as the 8th most expensive country for international education.

If you are still insistent of an international education for your children, there are some international schools in the Klang Valley that may fit into your budget.

Here are the top 14 schools that cost less than RM300,000 from Year to Year 11/12:

1. Al-Noor International School

Curricula offered: IGCSE, A Levels

Al-Noor International School combines elements from the British, Bahraini and Indian curriculums to offer a modern education for children between the ages of 3 and 17. Languages offered in the school are English and Arabic.

The facilities one can find in this school are labs for Science, Physics and ICT, library, smartboards, football field, badminton field, volley ball field, canteen, prayer room, first aid room and swimming pool.

Here is the breakdown of the fees (extracted on January 2017):

Level
Total annual fees (3 semesters)
Deposit*
Preschool, KG 1 & KG 2
RM3,040.00
N/A
Year 1 – 2
RM8,540.00
RM2,770.00
Year 3 – 4
RM9,380.00
RM3,190.00
Year 5 – 6
RM9,940.00
RM3,470.00
Year 7 – 8
RM11,320.00
RM4,160.00
Year 9
RM12,700.00
RM4,850.00
Year 10 – 11
RM14,100.00
RM5,550.00
A LEVEL
RM16,900.00
RM6,950.00
* The refundable deposit will be reviewed annually and topped up according to the level of study.

 

Total fee for Year 1 to 11 = RM119,260.00
Preschool (Preschool, KG 1 & KG 2) = RM9,120.00

Discounts: 5% for the 3rd child and 7% for the 4th child

Address: No. 6 Lengkok Bellamy Bukit Petaling, 50460 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Website: http://www.ais-kl.edu.my

2. Regent International School

Curricula offered: Cambridge, IGCSE

According to Education Destination Malaysia, the Regent International School provides a low student to teacher ratio with the average class size of 25 students in the main campus located in Klang. The school is open for students between the ages of 5 and 17, offering British Cambridge education with English language as the medium of teaching.

Here’s the fee schedule from Year 1 to Year 11 (2015/16):

Level
Total annual fees (3 terms)
Deposit*
Year 1 – 2
RM12,000.00
RM3,000.00
Year 3 – 6
RM13,500.00
Year 7 – 9
RM15,000.00
Year 10 – 11
RM16,500.00
* The refundable deposit will be reviewed annually and topped up according to the level of study.

 

Total fee for Year 1 to 11 = RM156,000.00

Discount: 5% for 2nd child and 10% for 3rd child onwards. Applicable to tuition Fees only.

Address: Regent International School Main Campus, Wisma Lourdes No 114, Jalan Tengku Kelana 41100 Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan

Website: http://www.regent.edu.my/

3. Idrissi International School

Curricula offered: IGCSE, UK Curriculum, International Primary Curriculum, Islamic Curriculum

Other curriculum: Idrissi Islamic Curriculum, Meaningful Languages, Science, Design & Technology; Physical, Social and Health Education

For parents looking for an Islamic international school, Idrissi International School will likely be on your list of consideration. The school also prioritises learning outside of the classroom with labs and organic eco garden made available for the students, teachers and parents.

Facilities available include air-conditioned classrooms, library, sports field, canteen, basketball court, badminton court, IT resource centre, science laboratory, as well as art room.

Below is the fee structure from preschool to secondary level (extracted on January 2017):

Level
Total annual fees (3 terms)
Preschool
RM10,800.00
Primary
RM13,800.00
Secondary
RM15,600.00

Total fee for Year 1 to 11 = RM160,800.00
Preschool = RM10,800.00

Address: Idrissi International School, No.15, Jalan Setia Dagang, AK U13/AK, 7th Avenue, Seksyen U13, Setia Alam, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor.

Website: http://www.idrissischool.edu.my/

4. Tanarata International School

Curricula offered: UK Curriculum, IGCSE, A Levels

One of the selling points brought forward by Tanarata International School is the low student/teacher ratio. According to its website, class sizes in the school rarely exceed a count of 20 to 22, with a cap on total school student enrolment at around 600 students.

Located at Planters Ground with 5-acres of land, the school provides air-conditioned classrooms, natural science labs, activity rooms for music and drama, creative and visual arts, as well as design, IT lab, library, lake-front café, auditorium, games room, sports field, indoor badminton courts and swimming pool.

One of the more equipped campus, Tanarata International School is ranked the 3rd most affordable school in this list. Here’s the breakdown of the fees (extracted January 2017):

Level
Total annual fees (3 terms)
Deposit*
Year 1 - 2
RM12,600.00
RM2,000.00
Year 3 - 4
RM13,500.00
RM2,250.00
Year 5 - 6
RM14,400.00
RM2,500.00
Year 7 - 9
RM15,600.00
RM3,000.00
Year 10 - 11 IGCSE
RM18,600.00
RM3,500.00
Year 12 - 13 AS/A Levels
RM21,600.00
RM4,000.00
* The refundable deposit will be reviewed annually and topped up according to the level of study.

 

Total fee for Year 1 to 11 = RM165,000.00

Discount: 10% discount on tuition fees for siblings of a current student

Address: Tanarata International Schools Planters Grounds 3 1/2 Miles Kajang-Serdang Road, 43000 Selangor.

Website: http://www.tanarata.net

5. Baseerah International School

Curricula offered: Cambridge, International Primary Curriculum, IGCSE, A Levels, Malay, Arabic, Islamic Civilisation

Another Islamic international school, Baseerah also offers other international curriculum. Open to children as young as three years old, the school have classes from Kindergarten all the way to A Level.

Although English language is the main medium instruction, students are also exposed to Arabic and Malay languages.

Here’s the latest fee structure (2016/17):

Level
Total annual fees (2 semesters)
Deposit*
Kindergarten 1 & 2
RM9,400.00
RM1,900.00
Grade 1 - 3
RM12,500.00
RM2,500.00
Grade 4 - 6
RM14,500.00
RM2,900.00
Grade 7 - 8
RM16,500.00
RM3,300.00
Grade 9 - 10
RM17,500.00
RM3,500.00
Grade 11 - 12 (A Level)
RM18,000.00
RM4,000.00
* The refundable deposit will be reviewed annually and topped up according to the level of study.
Total fee for Year 1 to 11 = RM185,000.00
Preschool (Kindergarten 1 & 2) = RM18,800.00

Discount:

  • Early bird discount 1: 10% discount of the tuition fees and deposit eliminated if the annual school fees for 1st and 2nd semester are paid before 15/10/2017.
  • Early bird discount 2: 5% discount for families who pay the 1st semester school fees within two weeks of beginning of the semester.
  • Sibling discount: 10% discount on tuition fees for subsequent children.

Address:

  • Baseerah Gombak, Lot 1815, Jalan Lintang, Sri Gombak Heights, Taman Sri Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • Baseerah Shah Alam, No. 11, Jalan Pegaga 7 U12/B, Shah Alam, Malaysia.

Website: http://baseerah.edu.my

6. Sayfol International School

Curricula offered: IGCSE, UK Curriculum, International Advanced Levels (IAL)

One of the few schools that allow students from as young as 2 years old, Sayfol offers British curriculum.

In Year 11, students complete the Pearson Edexcel International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Examinations, and then they continue to Year 12 and Year 13 for the IAL Examinations.

Here’s the fee structure (2015/16):

Level
Total annual fees (3 semesters)
Deposit*
Early Years
RM8,400.00
RM2,800.00
KG 1
RM11,100.00
RM3,700.00
KG 2
RM12,000.00
RM4,000.00
Year 1 - 2
RM13,080.00
RM4,360.00
Year 3
RM14,880.00
RM4,960.00
Year 4
RM15,480.00
RM5,160.00
Year 5
RM16,380.00
RM5,460.00
Year 6
RM17,580.00
RM5,860.00
Year 7 - 8
RM19,740.00
RM6,580.00
Year 9
RM21,840.00
RM7,280.00
Year 10
RM25,140.00
RM8,380.00
Year 11
RM25,740.00
RM8,580.00
A Level
RM27,000.00
RM9,000.00
* The refundable deposit will be reviewed annually and topped up according to the level of study.

 

Total fee for Year 1 to 11 = RM202,680.00
Preschool (Early Years, KG1 & KG 2) = RM31,500.00

Address: No. 261, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Website: http://sayfol.edu.my/

7. Sri Kuala Lumpur International School

Curricula offered: Cambridge Primary, IGCSE, O Levels

Started with only six students in 1979, Sri KL has expanded to a 5.7-acre school located in Subang Jaya.

Some of the facilities available are air-conditioned classrooms, 25-metre swimming pool, science labs, multipurpose hall, 300-seater auditorium, dance & drama studio, music school, fine arts centre, gymnasium, canteens, libraries, computer labs, playground and sports field.

Here is how much it costs to enrol your child to Sri KL (2016):

Level
Total annual fees (2 semesters)
Deposit*
Year 1
RM15,300.00
RM7,000.00
Year 2
RM15,600.00
RM7,000.00
Year 3
RM16,000.00
RM7,000.00
Year 4
RM16,500.00
RM7,000.00
Year 5
RM17,000.00
RM7,000.00
Year 6
RM17,500.00
RM7,000.00
Year 7
RM22,760.00
RM12,000.00
Year 8
RM24,160.00
RM12,000.00
Year 9
RM25,800.00
RM12,000.00
Year 10
RM27,600.00
RM12,000.00
Year 11
RM29,600.00
RM12,000.00
* The refundable deposit will be reviewed annually and topped up according to the level of study.
Total fee for Year 1 to 11 = RM227,820.00

Address: No. 1, Jalan SS 15/7A, Subang Jaya, 47500, Subang Jaya, Selangor.

Website: http://www.srikl.edu.my/

8. Beaconhouse Sri Inai International School

Curricula offered: Reception, Cambridge Primary & Secondary, IGCSE

Sri Inai is one of the two international schools under the Beaconhouse group. It offers a curriculum based on the National Curriculum for England, Cambridge International Curriculum and Cambridge International Examinations (Checkpoint & IGCSE).

Some of the facilities available in this campus are library, air-conditioned classrooms, music room, speech & drama Room, cafeteria, science labs, indoor badminton & netball courts, computer labs, and futsal & basketball courts.

Here’s how much it cost to study in Beaconhouse Sri Inai International School (2017):

Level
Total annual fees (3 semesters)
Deposit
Reception
RM12,900.00
RM4,300.00
Year 1
RM14,250.00
RM4,750.00
Year 2
RM16,650.00
RM5,550.00
Year 3
RM19,200.00
RM6,400.00
Year 4
RM21,000.00
RM7,000.00
Year 5
RM21,300.00
RM7,100.00
Year 6
RM21,900.00
RM7,300.00
Year 7 - 8
RM23,850.00
RM7,950.00
Year 9
RM24,000.00
RM8,000.00
Year 9
RM25,200.00
RM8,400.00
Year 10
RM27,900.00
RM9,300.00
Year 11
RM28,650.00
RM9,550.00
Total fee for Year 1 to 11 = RM243,900.00
Reception = RM12,900.00

Discount: 5% for the 2nd child, 10% for the 3rd child, 15% for the 4th child, and 20% for the 5th child onwards.

Address: Beaconhouse Sri Inai Jalan Jenjarum, No. 1098, Jalan Jenjarum Off Jalan SS 23/6, Taman SEA, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Website: http://beaconhouse.edu.my/bh-sri-inai-international/

9. Maz International School

Curricula offered: UK Curriculum, IGCSE, A Levels

Maz International School started out in Petaling Jaya. In 2011, the school opens the door to their Shah Alam campus, which offers boarding as well as day school.

With students from Japan, Korea, Sudan, Indonesia, Pakistani and also Malaysia, students are exposed to culture and language from different parts of the world.

Facilities are available for different fields of interest such as academic, performing arts and sports.

Here is the fee strusture according to different levels (2016/17):

Level
Total annual fees (3 terms)
Deposit*
KG 1
RM9,000.00
RM3,000.00
KG 2
RM10,500.00
RM3,500.00
Year 1
RM13,500.00
RM4,500.00
Year 2
RM14,250.00
RM4,750.00
Year 3
RM15,000.00
RM5,000.00
Year 4
RM16,500.00
RM5,500.00
Year 5
RM17,250.00
RM5,750.00
Year 6
RM18,000.00
RM6,000.00
Year 7
RM21,000.00
RM7,000.00
Year 8
RM24,000.00
RM8,000.00
Year 9
RM25,500.00
RM8,500.00
Year 10
RM27,000.00
RM9,000.00
Year 11
RM30,000.00
RM10,000.00
Year 12
RM36,000.00
RM12,000.00
* The refundable deposit will be reviewed annually and topped up according to the level of study.

 

Total fee for Year 1 to 12 = RM258,000.00
Preschool (KG1 & KG 2) = RM19,500.00

Address:

  • Maz International School Petaling Jaya, No.1 MAZ House, Jalan 20/19, Paramount Gardens, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
  • MAZ International School Shah Alam Campus, Lot 2, Jalan Kristal 7/64, Section 7, 40000, Shah Alam, Selangor.

Website: http://www.mazinternational.edu.my/

10. REAL International School Cheras

Curricula offered: Cambridge Primary, Cambridge Secondary, UK Curriculum, IGCSE, Malaysian Curriculum

Located on a 10-acre land nestled in Cheras, this campus is also known as the Suria Campus, which houses both international and private schools. Students can also opt for the boarding option.

Here is the breakdown of the fees (2016/17):

Level
Total annual fees (3 terms)
Deposit*
Year 1 - 2
RM18,000.00
RM6,000.00
Year 3 - 6
RM22,400.00
RM6,000.00
Year 7 - 9
RM27,100.00
RM8,000.00
Year 10 - 11
RM30,400.00
RM8,000.00
Total fee for Year 1 to 11 = RM267,700.00

Discount: Siblings discount available but details are not published.

Address: Lot 217, Batu 13, Jalan Hulu Langat, 43100 Hulu Langat, Selangor, Malaysia

Website: http://realschools.edu.my

11. Beaconhouse Newlands International School

Curricula offered: Reception, Cambridge Primary & Secondary, IGCSE

Unlike the Sri Inai International School in Petaling Jaya, also under Beaconhouse, Newlands International School costs a little more.

The reason could lie in the facilities available in the two campuses. However, the Newlands campus boasts a healthy balance between expatriate and local teachers.

Here is the fee structure (2017):

Level
Total annual fees (3 terms)
Deposit*
Reception
RM12,900.00
RM4,300.00
Year 1
RM19,950.00
RM6,650.00
Year 2
RM20,850.00
RM6,950.00
Year 3
RM21,900.00
RM7,300.00
Year 4
RM22,800.00
RM7,600.00
Year 5
RM23,700.00
RM7,900.00
Year 6
RM24,750.00
RM8,250.00
Year 7 - 9
RM28,200.00
RM9,400.00
Year 10 -11
RM32,100.00
RM10,700.00
* The refundable deposit will be reviewed annually and topped up according to the level of study.
Total fee for Year 1 to 11 = RM282,750.00
Reception = RM12,900.00

Discount: 5% for the 2nd child, 10% for the 3rd child, 15% for the 4th child, and 20% for the 5th child onwards.

Address: Beaconhouse Newlands International School: Lot 823 & 984 Batu 9, Jalan Cheras, 43200 Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

Website: http://beaconhouse.edu.my/welcome-to-newlands/

12. Kingsley International School

Curricula offered: O Levels, A Levels, UK Curriculum, Cambridge Secondary

Located on a 16-acre land in Putra Heights, Kingsley first opened its door to its new campus in 2015. It features language labs, science and multimedia labs, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, futsal courts, Olympic-sized swimming pool, gymnastics hall, music and orchestra rooms, sound-proof music rehearsal rooms, cafeteria, multipurpose halls, art studio as well as art galleries.

Boarding will also be possible in 2018 as the campus is constructing its own hostel blocks to cater to international staff and students.

Here is the fee schedule for 2016/17:

Level
Total annual fees (3 terms)
Deposit
Nursery
RM15,960.00
RM3,000.00
Reception
RM16,590.00
RM3,000.00
Year 1 - 6
RM20,580.00
RM4,000.00
Year 7 - 11
RM27,540.00
RM5,000.00
Year 12
RM32,500.00
RM6,500.00

Total fee for Year 1 to 12 = RM293,680.00
Reception = RM15,960.00

Address: No. 2, 12, 12A & 16, Jalan Putra Mahkota 7/8E, Persiaran Kingsley, Kingsley Hills, Putra Heights, 47650 Subang Jaya, Selangor.

Website: http://www.kingsley.edu.my/

13. Asia Pacific International School (APIS)

Curricula offered: IGCSE, Cambridge, UK Curriculum

Started off in higher education 1993, the APIIT Education Group launched the Asia Pacific International School (APIS) in 2012.

The campus located in Subang Jaya is equipped with music room, multipurpose hall, computer and science labs, swimming pool, library and canteen.

Here’s how much it will cost for different levels (2015/16):

Level
Total annual fees (3 terms)
Deposit*
Preschool (3 - 5 years old)
RM10,920.00
RM3,640.00
Year 1
RM17,250.00
RM5,750.00
Year 2
RM18,750.00
RM6,250.00
Year 3
RM20,850.00
RM6,950.00
Year 4
RM22,560.00
RM7,520.00
Year 5
RM24,540.00
RM8,180.00
Year 6
RM26,490.00
RM8,830.00
Year 7
RM29,670.00
RM9,890.00
Year 8
RM31,260.00
RM10,420.00
Year 9
RM32,910.00
RM10,970.00
Year 10
RM34,620.00
RM11,540.00
Year 11
RM36,000.00
RM12,000.00
* The refundable deposit will be reviewed annually and topped up according to the level of study.

 

Total fee for Year 1 to 11 = RM294,900.00
Preschool (3+ to 5 years old) = RM32,760.00

Discounts = 5% for the 2nd child, 10% for the 3rd child, 15% for the 4th child and 20% for the 5th child

Address: No. 1, Persiaran A, Off Jalan Lapangan Terbang Subang, 47200 Subang, Selangor.

Website: http://www.apis.edu.my/

14. UCSI International School, Subang

Curricula offered: International Baccalaureate, Cambridge, International Primary Curriculum, UK Curriculum, IGCSE

Wholly owned by the UCSI Group, with experience in education since 1986, UCSI International School have two campuses available – one in Springhill, Port Dickson and Subang.

The Subang campus offers the International Primary and Cambridge IGCSE curriculum, as well as preschool for children between the ages of 3 and 6. According to School Advisory, about 90% of the teachers in this campus are not of expatriate origin with a minimum of 6 to 8 years of experience teaching in International schools globally.

Here’s the fee structure (2015/16):

Level
Total annual fees (3 terms)
Deposit
Early Year 1 & 2
RM11,550.00
RM2,000.00
Year 1
RM18,540.00
RM6,000.00
Year 2
RM19,830.00
RM6,000.00
Year 3
RM21,030.00
RM6,000.00
Year 4
RM21,480.00
RM6,000.00
Year 5
RM22,380.00
RM6,000.00
Year 6
RM23,670.00
RM7,000.00
Year 7
RM24,870.00
RM7,000.00
Year 8
RM25,980.00
RM7,000.00
Year 9 - 10
RM27,180.00
RM7,000.00
Year 11 - 12
RM32,970.00
RM13,740.00
Total fee for Year 1 to 12 = RM298,080.00
Preschool (Early Year 1 & 2) = RM23,100.00

Address: Jalan SS13/4, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan

Website: http://www.ucsiinternationalschool.edu.my/sj/

 

The above figures serve as a guideline for parents who are considering international education for their children. The amount does not include other miscellaneous fees such as meal plans, uniform, books and materials, and for new students, registration fees, application fees and assessment fees.

If the cost for international education is out of your budget, you can also consider private schools who boasts similar low teacher to student ratio and facilities, but the students will be taught the national syllabus.

However, the cheaper fees could mean less international students and teachers, and also less state-of-the-art facilities in the campus.

International education does not come for cheap. Malaysian parents who are considering sending their children to international schools will have to think it through, especially financially. This is not a one-time cost, and the cost will likely go up due to education inflation and also as your child progresses through the years.

Now that you know some of the most affordable international schools in the Klang Valley, it’s time to take a look at the most expensive international schools!

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